Italian immigrant party wants French-style ministry

Italy must follow France's example, according to the newfound 'Immigrants' Party - New Italians'. "The ministry of immigration and national identity is now a reality" in France, said the party's Moroccan-born president Mustafa Mansouri.

Italian immigrant party wants French-style ministry
Italy must follow France's example, according to the newfound 'Immigrants' Party - New Italians'. "The ministry of immigration and national identity is now a reality" in France, said the party's Moroccan-born president Mustafa Mansouri, referring to the ministry led by Brice Hortefeux created by new Frence president Nicolas Sarkozy.

"We must follow the French example." Another novelty in French politics praised by the Italian party was the nomination as justice minister of Rachida Dati, a 41-year-old former judge of Moroccan and Algerian descent, the first ethnic minority to obtain a senior government post.

"For the first time in French history, a citizen, man or woman, of Arab origin, gained the leadership of such an important ministry," said Marco Angelelli, the deputy president of 'Immigrants' Party - New Italians'. "France is a forerunner of what will happen in all of Europe in the next few years and the role of our immigrants' party is to help Italy follow the example of our neighbour."

The first political party formed by immigrants in Italy was officially launched last week.

The 'New Italians - Immigrants' Party' is a project of a group of non-EU citizens of different nationalities conceived after the Italian government voted a draft law earlier this year aiming to give voting rights to immigrants who have been living in Italy for at least five years.

If Italians were to vote today with the proposed new law which is being examined by parliament, 1.5 million more voters would cast their ballots, a number which would grow to 2.2 million in 2008, according to the new party. Italy today has approximately 3.2 million immigrants.
Last Mod: 21 Mayıs 2007, 16:44
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